Introduction: Akshardham mandir is the biggest temple in India till date. According to previous years records, it attracts more than 60 percent of all tourists who visit Delhi. 141 foot high, 315 foot wide and 371 foot long this beautiful temple is located near the banks of the Yamuna in eastern New Delhi. The temple was built according to the Vastu Shastra and Panchtantra Shastra. Complex houses many of things namely Abhisheka Mandap, Sahaj Anand water show, a thematic garden and three exhibitions namely Sahajanand Darshan, Neelkanth Darshan, and cultural boat ride which is also known as Sanskruti Darshan. Temple has idols of the saints of that sect along with other sanatan dharma gods and goddess. In total, mandir has 234 ornately carved pillars, nine domes, and more than 20,000 murtis of sadhus, devotees such as Sita Ram, Radha Krishna, Shiv Parvati, andLakshmi Narayan, and acharyas. It also contains 148 life sized elephants which in total weigh approximately 3000 tons.There is also a theatre there in the complex with having delhi’s largest screen known as Neelkanth Kalyan Yathra. One can see after coming out of the temple a 27 feet tall bronze statue of Neelkanth. Designed in ancient style of Indian architecture this is not only a temple but a short display of delhi’s culture and spirituality.
History: Yogiji Maharaj was planning the complex since 1968, the spiritual head of the BAPS. But unfortunately he died in 1971. In 1982 spiritual head of BAPS, Pramukh Swami Maharaj, successor of Yogiji Maharaj, started working towards fulfilling the dream of his guru. Construction work began on 8th november 2000. The construction work was completed in 4 years and 362 days with the help of Maharaj’s more than 3,000 volunteers and 7,000 craftmans. Temple was inaugurated by president of India Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam(at that time) on 6 november 2005, prime minister of India Mr. Manmohan Singh and leader of opposition Mr. L.K Advani in front of more than 20,000 guests.
Open: Tuesday to Sunday
- Exhibition: 10:00AM- 6:00PM
Aarti timings: 9:30am and 6:30pm
Address: Noida mor, Delhi-110092
Nearest metro station: Akshardham